US satellites recorded an explosion at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) shortly before its destruction.
Details: According to a representative of the presidential administration, satellites equipped with infrared sensors detected a thermal trace, which is characteristic of a powerful explosion, immediately before the hydroelectric dam collapsed.
According to the source of the publication, US intelligence analysts are inclined to believe that Russia was behind the explosion. At the same time, he added that US intelligence agencies still do not have convincing evidence of who exactly is responsible.
The administration official did not rule out that previous dam damage or increased water pressure could have contributed to the destruction, but US officials believe the explosion, whether intentional or accidental, was the most likely cause of the disaster.
Earlier, the European Commission stated that Russia should bear primary responsibility for the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) since it started the war against Ukraine.
On the morning of 6 June, Operational Command Pivden (South) reported that the Russian occupiers had blown up the Kakhovka HPP. Later, the Oblast Military Administration confirmed this information. Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Oblast Military Adminstration, said that the evacuation of the local population from dangerous areas had begun..
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, called Russia’s blowing up of the Kakhovka HPP a terrible war crime and probably the largest man-made disaster in Europe in recent decades. The incident was condemned by a number of foreign leaders and European officials.